The philosopher and risk ethicist Julian Nida-Rümelin warns of the serious consequences of the crisis for society in the coming years. "The division is getting deeper," he says in the new episode of the podcast "Die Wochentester" by "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" and "RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND)".
"And that's why I can't hear such sayings as "Your grandparents had to go to war and all they're asking of you is to stay at home.""
This message is cynical towards those who lose their economic livelihood and their jobs or are also psychologically destabilised." The restriction of fundamental rights in the pandemic is of particular concern to the philosopher, who was Minister of Culture under SPD Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and teaches philosophy and political theory at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich: "We have to be very careful that the protection of life doesn't suffocate all other fundamental rights."
Important options have failed
In conversation with moderators Wolfgang Bosbach and Christian Rach, Nida-Rümelin sharply criticises the fact that important possibilities to get a grip on the crisis have failed: "We have a Corona app installed in Germany that is of no use to the health authorities in terms of tracking, although it would be easy to ensure this traceability with digital tools." If fundamental rights are restricted as they are now, "then we also have to talk about the fact that health offices have tracking data. I am of the opinion: we should accept that, although I am very much in favour of data protection." pm, ots, mei, Source: ksta.de/wochentester